Obama targets diploma mills that market to vets

Friday, April 27, 2012 2:33 PM
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FORT STEWART, Ga. — President Barack Obama reached out to a generation of young soldiers Friday as he added new protections for veterans and military families misled or bilked by career colleges and technical programs that target their federal education benefits. "They don't care about you," he said, "they care about your cash."

Obama signed a broad order that partially addresses growing complaints about fraudulent marketing and recruiting practices aimed at military families eligible for federal education aid under the GI Bill.

Sounding outraged, Obama said some of these schools go after military men and women "just for the money."

"That's appalling, that's disgraceful," Obama said. "They're trying to swindle and hoodwink you."

In remarks that echoed some of his election-year rhetoric, Obama said he made troops and veterans a promise that America would fight for them just as they fought for their country. He addressed what he called the "9/11 generation," both in the military and out, as he listed accomplishments of his first term.

First, the president and first lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to fallen soldiers, walking slowly hand in hand along the Fort Stewart Warriors Walk, a wide path lined with 441 memorial trees. At the base of each tree sits a granite marker with a soldier's name.

Though there is little the federal government can do to shut down diploma mills, the new protections would make it harder for postsecondary and technical schools to misrepresent themselves to military students.

The main target of the White House action is for-profit colleges and universities that market heavily to military families because of the easy availability of federal money under the GI Bill.

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msgret92
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msgret92 04/27/12 - 05:19 pm
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I fully agree with making it

I fully agree with making it tougher for some of these schools, but they are doing nothing that the government and politicians don't do. What about all of the promises that were made to soldiers years ago by the military? What about all of the other things the government has promised, i.e. social security?

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TParty 04/27/12 - 05:58 pm
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I really hope this ruins

I really hope this ruins University of Phoenix.

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avidreader 04/27/12 - 07:49 pm
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FINALLY, something for which

FINALLY, something for which I can applaud Obama. Now, Mr. Obama, keep the kettle steaming and move your "cut-the-fat" ideas into other areas of government waste. Why don't you start with the office of the Vice President and work UP from there. BONER can assume the reins if you collapse from approving too many checks.

movingforward
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movingforward 04/28/12 - 04:22 am
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These schools not only target

These schools not only target vets but teachers as well. A teacher in Georgia gains addition pay with a higher degree however programs like University of Phoenix and Argosy University do whatever it takes to delay the students graduation so they can bilk the government.

Dr. Craig Spinks.Georgians for Educational Excellence
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What kind of people prey upon

What kind of people prey upon the educational ambitions of our troops?

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freeradical 04/28/12 - 10:15 am
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More election year crap from

More election year crap from the man who first said he wanted a

nation of young dumb

ditch diggers for his " SHOVEL READY JOBS " .

Then when the snake oil president could not even pull that off with the

help of a trillion dollars :

" THEY WERE NOT AS SHOVEL READY AS WE THOUGHT ,

TEE,HEE,HEE" ( Obama),

He repackaged his snake oil to say he wants no one digging ditches ,

but now wants " EVERY AMERICAN TO GO TO COLLEGE " .

Not one sylable ever said about college paid sabbaticals to Germany ,

France , England , etc,etc,etc, for their professors, $ 100.00 textbooks

just by coincidence written , printed , published by said same

professors, all at expense of students running up $ 40,000 to

$100,000 student debt that will be

with them for life with no jobs , and worsening prospects.

But this will be covered in his next talk to a room full of pimply faced

non-taxpayers when he makes the bold and daring proclimation to them

that the " wealthy " should foot the bill.

And pay they will if you take time from your studies to vote for him.

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